Choosing a beginner instrument can be tricky, since the
chances are you don't know a whole lot about guitars to begin with. Your
first decision involves choosing to learn on an electric guitar,
acoustic guitar or on bass guitar. Once that choice has been made,
you're going to need to decide on a budget for your purchase. Avoid
buying an ultra-cheap instrument - it will not only make learning guitar
more difficult, but will have little re-sale value.
instruments provide the most hassle free way to learn - there's no
fussing with amplifiers and cords - something necessary with electric
guitars. The drawback is that acoustic guitars are harder to play. A low
quality acoustic guitar can make it virtually impossible for a beginner
to progress quickly. Avoid cheap pawn shop acoustics - a slightly more
expensive guitar will pay off in the long run.
to begin learning guitar on an electric probably means your budget will
have to be slightly higher, to accommodate buying an amplifier. The
advantage of choosing an electric guitar is that they are generally
easier to play, so you'll notice improvement more quickly. If the music
you like tends to be more electric guitar oriented, you'll probably want
to start by playing an electric guitar.
not traditionally a beginner's choice, the bass guitar can be a
rewarding instrument to start learning music on. Because rock and roll
bass is generally somewhat easy to learn, beginner bassists will often
be playing songs within a few weeks. The downside is that bass guitar
often sounds "empty" when not accompanied by a guitar or other